Grade 5 Happenings



The fifth graders took a wonderful field trip to Mystic Seaport.  They learned so much and enjoyed the perfect day together!  Thanks to all the parents who helped chaperone the trip. 


Congratulations to Tyler Benoit and Trinity Muro for being chosen essay winners at the DARE Graduation ceremony.  Everyone did an excellent job preparing their essays.  Officer Lopa commented on how difficult it was to choose the winners.  Thanks to all the parents who attended. 


Tuesday, April 30th was the first day of Iowa (ITBS) testing. The fifth grade also takes a Cognitive Abilities (CogAt) test. It will take us approximately seven days to complete the tests. We will be testing in the mornings between eight and ten o’clock. Please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that students who chewed gum during test-taking situations scored three percent higher on standardized tests. Students will be allowed and encouraged to chew gum during the tests.


Spring is upon us and the third marking period is half over.  Progress reports will be arriving home on May 3rd.  You can keep abreast of your child’s progress by checking their online grades.


Soon, the students will become authors and will write their very own children’s book.  All creative writing of the stories will be completed in the classroom, but students must finish the project, including illustrations, at home.  More information on the project will be sent home with your child shortly.  Students will also be learning about persuasive techniques and will create commercials to present to their classmates.


In In social studies we will stray from our books for a bit to learn about map reading and latitude and longitude.  Then colonial life will come alive as we study chapter six.  Math class will be filled with measuring and learning how to find perimeter and area.  Lastly, our study using the Benzinger Family Life Program and the Lures Program will begin. 


Towards the end of the year, the fifth graders look forward to partnering with the sixth graders in researching folk tales and practicing storytelling. 



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